35. More Information Isn’t Necessarily Better

An overload of information leads to information blackout. It does not enrich, but impoverishes.

—P. Drucker

Carl Cooper just finished a four-week summer program for elementary and secondary teachers who are moving into administrative positions as principals or assistant principals. Carl found the course extremely helpful. He gained new insights into topics such as strategy, budgeting, organization design, interpersonal communication, and leadership. He felt he now had a much better understanding of what he’d face as principal of Roosevelt Middle School. What he wasn’t so sure about was if he could apply all the new “stuff” he’d learned. “I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the new administrative concepts ...

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